•  COSMOS AND 540 MILLION YEAR OLD CARBONIFEROUS DUST


KAREL NEL

STELLAR NOISE 2008 

Salt and lacquered wooden pegs.

Courtesy of  Art First Gallery , London. 

Prof Nick Scoville, Moseley Professor of Astronomy at Caltech and COSMOS Leader invited the artist to join the project in 2004. The Cosmic Evolution Survey ( COSMOS) is one of the most comprehensive astronomy projects ever undertaken.  The project was allocated a significant amount of time on the Hubble Space Telescope for a period of two years to obtain high resolution images of galaxies in a 2 degree squre area of the sky.

Over 100 scientists worked on this project which studies the evolution of galaxies , galaxy clusters and dark matter structures benefitting from deep astronomy imaging which allowed the team to observe the universe as it was near the beginning and track its evolution.

This project was the first one to map the dark matter structures over half the age of the universe.

The followijng words are from Prf Scoville's introduction to the artist's work, in the original gallery catalogue: 

'Karel uses salts and carboniferous dusts that were expelled in the distant past from the brilliant stars we see lighting up the night sky. In fact, all the heavier atoms within our bodies were synthesized from the primordial hydrogen at millions of degrees , deep in the interior of stars- a close parallel to the volcanic materials deployed in his other bodies of work. In this sense we share with the art of Karel Nel a common origin that is at once physical and symbolic'